Hollywood may beckon for hopeful SA artists | Marula Media

The 21th World Championship for the Performing Arts recently in Long Beach Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.South Africa will be represented by 63 hopeful and talented participants in several categories including dancing, singing, modeling, acting and instrumental. More than 60 countries have sent participants may come a step closer to the Hollywood dream.The championship in 1996 by Griff O’Neil, executive director of the Championships start, giving emerging artists of all ages the opportunity to compete at an international stage. The competition is considered the Olympics of the performing arts. Judges include experts and celebrities from Hollywood and in the course of the week visiting agencies competing to watch participants and possibly invite for further talks on a Hollywood career. Ruan Nel (Photo: Supplied)

Besides gold medals, silver and bronze medals to participants walk away with scholarships to study at famous drama and dance schools in Los Angeles and New York. From the participants’ success stories include roles in big Hollywood movies, record deals and stage performances. So Keiynan Lonsdale participated from Australia in 2007 and was recently seen as the character Wally West in the international television series The Flash .According to Dr. Ellen Roux, director of the South African Championship for Performing Arts, it is South Africa’s 20th year of participation after she obtained the license in 1997 to host the competition in South Africa.Roux has a great passion for the performing arts and the event was, according to her ideal to help emerging artists trying to make a reality the Hollywood and South African entertainment dream. There are a host of South African entertainers, TV presenters, singers and models who traveled with Roux over the years to Los Angeles to participate in the competition. Among those artists count Elizma Theron, Riaan Grobler Deànré Reiners, a former Miss. SA Cindy Nell, Carmen Pretorius and more recently the nine year old concertina player, Kosie Beukes, South Africans above had with his performance at the 2017 Ghoema music awards.Riaan Grobler (Photo: Supplied)

Participants in South Africa take on regional part in auditions and they qualify and are invited to enter the South African championship for performing arts that takes place in Gauteng. It should they qualify to be part of the South African team participating in the World Championship in Los Angeles in July.While the competition offers a tremendous opportunity to be recognized internationally, participants must pay for themselves traveling, accommodation, enrollment and spending money because the South African government does not financially support the performing arts.The first category of competition began, the self- vocal department and South Africa’s junior champion Ruan Nell (10) of Midrand, showed why he boasts that title. He had the audience going with his versions of “Fat bottomed Girls” by Queen and “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Knocking on Heavens Door”.Although the South African team to focus on coming home with gold they first Los Angeles explored to get a taste of life in Hollywood. The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame was visited and most have only taken a photo at the South African-born Charlize Theron’s star. The next morning, some Los Angeles fashion district visit while others Disneyland attempted.The final gala concert will take place this coming Friday after the week’s competitions place and participants were handpicked to act on that night and during the award ceremony following Saturday morning.But for the next few days to focus on each participant she and her participation and to give a step in the direction of a career in Hollywood.Sharing: Good news

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WCOPA 2018 Grand Finale Host – Jeff Krapf – WCOPA World Championship of Performing Arts

The World Championships of Performing Arts welcomes back to the stage Jeff Krapf as the 21st Anniversary Grand Finale Host!

Born in California, Jeff is considered one of the most versatile television hosts in the business. With a proven background in hosting local and national TV shows or on a microphone hosting international Live events Jeff exudes energy, personality, charm and brings a sense quality and charisma that very few people can pull off.

Jeff’s hosting abilities run the gamut from the red carpet to entertainment reporting to hosting his very own late night variety talk show. On top of his current contract as station host for NBC San Diego, he is in pre production with a few projects that will launch late 2017!

When he is not on camera you can find him with a microphone in his hand in front of crowds from a couple hundred to 50,000+ people representing some of the largest brands and events on the planet.

Midrand girl: excellent performance at the World Campionships of Performing Arts

This article is about the impressive success story of Brittany Reis, 17 years old girl from Midrand, who won a number of medals and awards competing for modelling and acting at the 2015 World Championships of Performing Arts in long Beach, California.

Quoting directly the article published on the Midrand Tribune:

She won two silver medals for modelling, four for acting and two Champion of the World Division Awards for Acting. Reis also made it to the grand finale for acting, winning a showcase medal.

The 17-year-old said her love for perfoming arts was inspired when she auditioned for primary school plays. “I was a shy and anxious child and by going on stage I realised that I could be all sorts of different characters, it gave me self-confidence,” said Reis.

“I want to thank Craig du Preez who introduced me to acting, taking a chance on me.”

Her family hopes that after she matriculates in 2017, she can either move to New York or Los Angeles to take up her scholarship at the New York Film Academy. Reis’ mother, Helen said, “We are trying desperately to get the funds together. We need close to R500 000 per year for the two-year study and living costs.”

Reis won the Overall Best Performer for Speech and Drama for the Randburg and Sandton Eisteddfod Region, and for the past three years she has entered the South African Championship of Performing Arts.

“This year I won 16 medals – nine gold, five silver and two bronze, and was selected to be in the final showcase,” she said.

“South Africa does not have many opportunities for performing arts, but I would tell any young person who wants to get into this industry to not hesitate in taking up acting.”»

Should you wish to donate towards Reis’ studies, e-mail Helen Reis at helen@grip-tech.com.